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Visit Victoria and Mushroom Group Launch ‘2021 Sounds Better Together’ Concert Series

Missy Higgins, Tones And I, Jimmy Barnes, Gordi, and more will perform at the Sounds Better Together series, which launches this weekend.

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Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins are two of the artists set to perform on the nascent '2021 Sounds Better Together' concert series.

Daniel Boud*; Cybele Malinowski*

Following the very definition of a miserable year, 2021 is looking brighter in terms of the slowly-returning live music sector. Now, Visit Victoria and Mushroom Group have teamed up to ensure the sector’s growth with the announcement of the 2021 Sounds Better Together concert series.

Beginning on Saturday, January 23rd and running until the 30th, 2021 Sounds Better Together is set to see a number of Australia’s best and brightest artists come together for a run of COVIDsafe shows at some of Victoria’s most spectacular music venues.

Currently, four dates have been announced, with performance taking place on the Surf Coast, Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, and Mallacoota, with more shows to be announced soon. While each venue boasts a different lineup, artists set to perform at the upcoming series include the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Tones And I, Missy Higgins, The Teskey Brothers, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Vika & Linda, Deborah Conway, Gordi, Didirri, Mia Wray, Something for Kate, and more.

“Live music is integral to the heart and soul of Australia,” explained Michael Gudinski, Mushroom Group Founder & Chairman. “These COVIDSafe concerts may be a little different to what we’re used to but the chance to finally experience live music again is incredibly exciting.”

This isn’t the first time that Gudinski has played a vital role in the revitalisation of the Aussie music scene over the last year. While the Music From The Home Front concert helped to raise money for veterans and frontline workers facing the effects of COVID-19, the State of Music series saw live music being brought to the forefront at a time when live stages were left empty.

“Live music has always been an essential part of life in Victoria so it’s exciting to finally be getting back to playing gigs here again,” explained 2021 Sounds Better Together performer Missy Higgins at the program’s official launch. “Hopefully these special shows can be a bit of a thank you to everyone for all the sacrifices they made last year.”

Tickets to all concerts have been capped at $49.90 (plus transaction fees), and are set to go on sale from 12pm on Tuesday, January 19th via the Sounds Better Together website.

2021 Sounds Better Together

Saturday, January 23rd
Tones and I + Missy Higgins + Gordi + Didirri
Mt Duneed Estate, Surf Coast, VIC

Saturday, January 23rd
Jimmy Barnes + The Teskey Brothers + Vika & Linda
Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

Monday, January 25th
Jimmy Barnes + Daryl Braithwaite + Deborah Conway
All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC

Saturday, January 30th
James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite + Vika & Linda + Mia Wray
Mallacoota Oval, Mallacoota, VIC

With more shows to be announced…

Tickets on sale from the Sounds Better Together website from 12pm, Tuesday, January 19th